I was really pleased when I got big response when I asked my Facebook friends for tried and true soup recipes. I’ve been on a soup-kick lately, but in a world where Pinterest makes EVERYTHING look amazing (when really it’s not), I wanted some legit recipes that people have tried. In total, there are 17 recommendations! Continue reading
For our morning adventure, today we headed to an unofficial indoor playground run out of a church basement, Halifax Metro Vineyard Church. I like this one because it’s cheap ($2.50 a kid), has equipment meant for preschoolers, lots of toys and a “racetrack” for cars and trikes. The racetrack is Joseph’s favorite feature, and he really looks forward to riding around, often doing it for the full hour and a bit that we are there. However, because he enjoys the bikes so much and because he tends to veer on the more “intense” side of emotions, if someone messes with his bike, he doesn’t respond favourably. Last week, he got off the bike to play with something and another kid was getting on. I couldn’t believe my eyes when he went over and shoved the kid, who then fell. Of course, this same kid had a cast on his arm. I was furious. I pried his fingers from the bike, strong armed him kicking and screaming (Elizabeth too, not kicking and screaming) to the snack room where we took a little time out and ate a snack. He gathered himself together, and was able to enjoy the rest of his time, but episodes like that give me a lot of anxiety. When he doesn’t respond well, I feel myself losing control. Control of not only the situation, but also of my emotions. Needless to say, I dread situations that lead him to freak out, because I’m not confident in my abilities to navigate it in a healthy way. So I will avoid places that have led us to negative experiences before. Continue reading
I’m on a soup kick these days, which is kind of funny because I think this is the first time I can ever say that. In fact, I think I’ve only made 2 soups in my whole life! Maybe it’s the descent into colder weather, or the desire to have a more nutritious and filling lunch, but I crave it! A soup and a sandwich is perfection to me right now. Continue reading
Recently, I think I’ve come to the decision to be a full-time homemaker. Potentially permanently. Without any side-hustles. No photography business. Nothing. Just being at home, making house. I mean, at least until all the kids are in school. Even then, I don’t think I will work full time. Just enough to do something during the day, but to be home for mornings and dinner preparation. Continue reading
Ever since I started university, and even continuing on into motherhood, I’ve often agonized over the question of what career I will find myself in. This isn’t new. If anyone scrolled through this blog they would find numerous posts that reference how this question has plagued me. I’ve felt restless about it in the past, as if I am in a hurry to figure out how to work 40 hours a week for the next 40 years. As if finding out what I’m meant to do to earn money will fill some kind of hole in me. As if all the puzzle pieces will finally fit together. As if it will finally help me achieve happiness. Continue reading
We had a parent and tot music class scheduled this morning for 10. I decided to skip it. The decision to bail felt unnatural, yet so easy at the same time. Elizabeth was having her morning nap. I knew that if I woke her up, and tried to rush everyone into the car to make it on time we would all be cranky. I just couldn’t rush this morning. So instead, we took our time.
I let Joe paint while Elizabeth was sleeping. We used an old bouquet a friend brought over and used the flowers as stamps. He loved it! Eventually he used his paintbrush, but I really honestly did love seeing what he created. You know why? We weren’t in a rush to move onto the next thing. Continue reading
One of the most iconic sights in Halifax is Citadel Hill. You can’t miss it as you drive downtown, and its a huge tourist attraction. Funny enough, we’ve actually never visited in the whole seven years that we’ve lived here. I mean, Josh and I have both run UP Citadel Hill as part of running training, but that’s different. Considering admission is free to all National Parks, we decided to check it out! Joe loved it. It was a bit freaky to have him running around on the fortress wall, but he did a pretty good job staying safe. I even managed to maneuver the double stroller up there. We stayed long enough for Joe to get a lolipop and to hear the noon canon. Continue reading